ITALIAN SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS (ITA)
- March 31 – April 3, 2021
- Prelims at 9am local/Finals at 4:30pm local
- Riccione – Swimming Stadium
- Long course meters (LCM)
- Qualification Standards
- Meet Site
- Start Lists
- Live Results
Day two finals of the Italian Spring Championships are set to launch in the next 30 minutes or so, with some of Italy’s biggest names racing tonight for international rosters like the Olympic team.
Alessandro Miressi was 48.58 this morning in the 100 free, and the Italian record-holder will try to drop a few more tenths to qualify for Tokyo in the event. Meanwhile, Nicolo Martinenghi and Margherita Panziera each challenged barriers in prelims, Martinenghi going 59.01 in the 100 breast and Panziera 1:00.19 in the 100 back.
After a fantastic battle between Marco De Tullio and Gabriele Detti in the 400 free yesterday, which Detti won, they’ll rematch in the 800 free to kick off tonight’s session. This time, another Italian distance juggernaut, Gregorio Paltrinieri, is set to race and make this a blockbuster heat.
MEN’S 800 FREE – TIMED FINAL (LAST HEAT)
- Euros cut – 7:53.09
- Olympics cut – 7:46.09
Italian record-holder Gregorio Paltrinieri set the pace early in his first race of the week, and split a 3:47.96 going out on the first 400. Gabriele Detti was second at the halfway point, a few seconds behind him but a few seconds ahead of Domenico Acerenza and Marco De Tullio.
Paltrinieri’s lead only grew down the back-half, and he finished up with a big 7:41.96, just a couple seconds off of his Italian and European record. Detti was second in 7:46.58, just off of the Olympic cut (though he’s already on the Tokyo roster), while De Tullio ended up winning the race for third over Acerenza in 7:50.98, as Acerenza faded to fourth at 7:53.99.
2003-born Luca De Tullio was fifth in 7:56.01, his first time under eight minutes.
Paltrinieri improves on his world-leading time by almost five seconds, while Detti moves into the #2 spot.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE – TIMED FINAL (LAST HEAT)
- Euros cut – 8:30.09
- Olympics cut – 8:25.99
- Simona Quadarella – 8:23.77
- Martina Caramignoli – 8:26.02
- Giulia Salin – 8:31.35
Simona Quadarella was comfortably under the Olympic qualifying cut, clocking an 8:23.77 to win the 800 free tonight ahead of Martina Caramignoli (8:26.02). Both women are already qualified for Tokyo as it is.
Teenager Giulia Salin was third in 8:31.35, not far from breaking the 8:30 barrier.
Quadarella and Caramignoli now rank #4 and #7 in the world standings this season.
MEN’S 200 BACK – FINALS
- Euros cut – 1:57.59
- Olympics cut – 1:56.49
- Lorenzo Mora – 1:57.23
- Matteo Restivo – 1:57.69
- Christopher Ciccarese – 1:58.44
Two men broke 1:58 this evening in the 200 back, with Lorenzo Mora claiming the title at 1:57.23, securing a spot on the European Championships roster.
Second went to Matteo Restivo at 1:57.69, though he was well off of his Italian record time of 1:56.29 that would’ve been under the Olympic cut.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – FINALS
- Euros cut – 2:26.09
- Olympics cut – 2:23.99
- Francesca Fangio – 2:25.10
- Lisa Angiolini – 2:25.16
- Ilaria Togni – 2:28.83
This race came down to the touch, as Francesca Fangio was just able to hold off a charging Lisa Agiolini, 2:25.10 to 2:25.16. Both women secure spots on the Euros roster with that swim, though they were both just over a second off of Olympic qualification.
2004-born Ilaria Togni was the third-place finisher in 2:28.83.
MEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS
- Euros cut – 1:57.19
- Olympics cut – 1:55.59
- Federico Burdisso – 1:54.41
- Alberto Razzetti – 1:56.10
- Giacomo Carini – 1:57.42
Federico Burdisso came just .02 off of his own Italian record of 1:54.39, finishing in 1:54.41. Burdisso was out extremely fast, going 24.8 on the first 50 and turning at 53.1 half-way through. He was 1:23.02 at the last wall, hanging on to another sub-30 split, but the wheels fell off a bit at the end and he couldn’t finish under 30 on the last 50.
Burdisso was over a second better than the Olympic cut, though he’s already qualified. Alberto Razzetti was second in 1:56.10, good for a Euros cut.
Burdisso moves to the world #2 slot with his performance tonight.
WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINALS
- Euros cut – 54.69
- Olympics cut – 53.69 (relay consideration – 54.38)
- Federica Pellegrini – 53.86
- Chiara Tarantino – 54.90
- Silvia Di Pietro – 54.97
Federica Pellegrini dropped a nice swim here, breaking 54 seconds for the 100 free title at 53.86.
17-year-old Chiara Tarantino impressed with the silver here, breaking 55 for the first time to edge out Silvia Di Pietro, 54.90 to 54.97. 19-year-old Costanza Cocconcelli was fourth in 55.06 after winning the 50 free yesterday.
MEN’S 100 FREE – FINALS
- Euros cut – 48.79
- Olympics cut – 48.29 (relay consideration – 48.57)
- Alessandro Miressi – 48.34
- Thomas Ceccon – 48.50
- Manuel Frigo – 48.83
Four men broke 49 seconds tonight in the 100 free, as Alessandro Miressi came just five hundredths off of the 48.29 Olympic cut.
Thomas Ceccon was second in 48.50, which is a new best for him, erasing his old PR of 48.65 from the Open Championships in December.
Manuel Frigo was third in 48.83 and 50 free champ Lorenzo Zazzeri took fourth in 48.92. Santo Condorelli was out first, flipping at 22.79, but couldn’t bring it home fast enough and wound up seventh (49.15).
WOMEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS
- Euros cut – 2:09.29
- Olympics cut – 2:07.59
- Ilaria Cusinato – 2:09.75
- Antonella Crispino – 2:09.80
- Anna Pirovano – 2:10.33
Ilaria Cusinato swam a smart race, out-splitting a tight field on the final two 50s to edge out 2003-born Antonella Crispino, 2:09.75 to 2:09.80. After finishing well off of her best in the 400 IM, this was a much better race for Cusinato, who was less than a second off of her best here.
Crispino, meanwhile, takes over a second off of her old best, breaking 2:11 (and 2:10) for the first time.
MEN’S 100 BREAST – FINALS
- Euros cut – 59.89
- Olympics cut – 59.39 (relay consideration – 59.60)
- Nicolo Martinenghi – 58.37
- Alessandro Pinzuti – 59.72
- Federico Poggio – 59.92
Nicolo Martinenghi obliterated the Italian record here in the 100 breast, taking his old mark of 58.75 down to a 58.37. He was out very hard, going 27.28 on the first 50, and brought it home in a 31.09 for the #1 time in the world this year ahead of World Record-holder Adam Peaty.
Alessandro Pinzuti was also out fast, turning at 27.69, while he and Federico Poggio both went under a minute at 59.72 and 59.92, respectively. Pinzuti hits the Euros cut with his swim.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINALS
- Euros cut – 1:00.39
- Olympics cut – 59.69 (relay consideration – 1:00.25)
- Margherita Panziera – 59.75
- Carlotta Zofkova – 1:00.78
- Erika Gateani – 1:01.03
Six women pushed the pace early, breaking 30 seconds to the feet on their flip, but Margherita Panziera was unstoppable coming home, back under 31 for a 59.75 final time.
Carlotta Zofkova was the only other finisher under 1:01, taking the silver at 1:00.78.